Meet the Instructors
Tara Repsher, BFA (Head Professional Teacher) holds a BFA in dance performance and education from Towson University. She received her early training from Patricia Bartholomew at Stage Door Studio. Her teaching experience covers many genres of dance, including ballet, modern, jazz, pointe, lyrical, musical theatre, and tap. While performing with the Towson University Dance Company she was asked to perform in a restaging of Martha Graham's "Panorama." Tara recently served as company director and dance teacher at Meade Senior High School in Maryland for five years. Her choreography has been seen at the Maryland High School Dance Festivals, Northampton Community College, and Walt Disney World. Tara is an adjunct faculty member in Muhlenberg College’s Department of Theatre and Dance.
Lisa Bottitta-Busfield, Ed.M. (Educational Director and Administrative Manager) is a 2002 graduate of Muhlenberg’s Theatre & Dance Department, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in dance. While in college, she participated annually in the American College Dance Festival (ACDFA) and made her film debut as a dancer in the independent film A.K.A. Ms. Bottitta-Busfield has had the opportunity to study with such distinguished dance educators as Karen Dearborn, Luke Kahlich, Clare Byrne, Rebecca Lazier, Ann Vachon, and Brad Parquette. Ms. Bottitta-Busfield has served as a faculty member in dance for the University of Saint Francis, in Fort Wayne, Ind.; the Indiana University–Purdue University, Fort Wayne; and Huntington University. Ms. Bottitta-Busfield also choreographed and taught modern technique for the New American Youth Ballet Conservatory, and taught dance technique for The Fort Wayne School of Dance. She has performed as a modern dancer for Dance Arts Theater company in Fort Wayne, and has been a member of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) since 2003.
Laura Barbalato is a junior at Muhlenberg College pursuing a double major in dance and biology. Originally from New York, she has been dancing from the age of three and has studied a variety of dance genres including ballet, tap, jazz, modern, hip hop, and pointe. She was a member of the Linda Duci Dance Ensemble from 2005-2011 with whom she performed at SUNY Purchase College and participated in community service performances at local elementary schools. At Muhlenberg, Laura has performed in a number of faculty and student choreographed performances and debuted as a choreographer in May 2013. Last spring, she taught an afterschool dance program for the Allentown Public School District while completing the Teaching Dance course. Laura has previous experience assistant teaching both pointe and hip hop classes at The Country Academy of Dance in Yorktown Heights, NY. She is ecstatic to be a part of the MCDC program and continue her training in the Muhlenberg teaching dance practicum.
Sarah Braviak is a junior at Muhlenberg College majoring in dance and psychology. She graduated from the Academy for Visual and Performing Arts High School at MCST where she expanded her technical dance training from modern, ballet, and contemporary to other elements of video design and technical theater. Before Muhlenberg, Sarah was a member of project: Smith and Freespace 2 where she performed in NYC, while also assistant teaching contemporary and jazz classes. This past spring she taught an after-school dance program in the Allentown School District through the Teaching Dance class at Muhlenberg. Sarah is excited about her upcoming year with DanceMax Moving Company and MCDC.
Samantha Chu is a junior at Muhlenberg College majoring in dance and mathematics and pursuing certification in math secondary education. Throughout her dance career she has studied multiple dance genres, including modern, jazz, ballet, and ballroom. A graduate from the Long Island High School of the Arts (LIHSA), she has continued her dance education at Muhlenberg through participation in many performance and choreographic opportunities. Last spring Samantha completed the Teaching Dance course, for which she taught an after-school dance program for the fifth graders at Cleveland Elementary. This year she is especially excited to be with the DanceMax Moving Company and continuing her dance teaching experiences with MCDC.
Noah Dach is a student at Muhlenberg College double majoring in Dance and Business. He is trained in the styles of Hip Hop, Contemporary, Modern, Jazz, Ballet, and Folk Dance. Noah has worked teaching dance at various dance studios in Los Angeles, Calif., and at a performing arts summer camp, and he has taught master classes to a company studio in Tel Aviv, Israel. Along with teaching, Noah has performed and choreographed for competition dance teams and was member of the Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble, a contemporary dance company based out of L.A. He has choreographed and performed in Muhlenberg dance concerts since he began school in 2012. Noah is excited to be a part of MCDC!
Christine DeLuca is a senior at Muhlenberg College pursuing a double major in dance and mathematics. She has completed both the Teaching Dance course and the MCDC practicum, where she worked in both the Creative Movement and Beginner/Intermediate Tap classes. Prior to MCDC, Christine has worked as a teacher and teacher aide at various schools on Long Island teaching in ballet, tap, jazz and modern with students ranging from 3 to 18 years old. This past school year was Christine's second year with DanceMax Moving Company, a group which travels to local elementary schools teaching life lessons through dance.
Megan Flynn is a dancer, choreographer, and teacher of ballet, contemporary dance, and Pilates. Her solo and group pieces have been performed in London, Ireland, Russia, and Spain, as well as New York, New Orleans, Boston, and Irvine. She received her MFA from the University of California, Irvine. In 2004 Megan received a Professional Diploma in Dance Studies at the Laban Center in London. As a dancer she has worked with numerous professional companies and toured internationally. Megan has also served as a guest teacher for: Summer Stages Dance at Concord Academy; Summer Stages Dance: Boston Ballet School Summer Intensive; and Academy of Dance in California.
Patricia Statkiewicz is a junior at Muhlenberg College majoring in dance with a minor in business. She has been dancing from a young age, studying ballet, jazz, modern, tap, and pointe. Tricia began teaching dance at a summer camp in Maryland two summers ago. At Muhlenberg she has performed in numerous student-choreographed dance concerts and is excited to begin choreographing this fall. Last spring she taught after school dance at Cleveland Elementary School through the Teaching Dance course here at Muhlenberg. Tricia is thrilled to continue her teaching adventure at MCDC!
Teresa VanDenend Sorge, Ed.M., in addition to supervising and mentoring the MCDC teaching staff, is teaching Monday evening's Creative Movement class. Teresa has been sharing her talents in various teaching positions since 2000, including instructor of dance at Hope College in Holland, Mich.; dance instructor at Koresh Dance Company, in Philadelphia; and adjunct professor at Temple University. Teresa has performed with Aerial Dance Theatre, PUSH Physical Theatre, and InLet Dance Theatre. Teresa received her B.A. in dance performance/choreography as well as receiving her certification in dance education for children K through 12.
Elizabeth Thompson is a junior at Muhlenberg College majoring in dance and biology. She has been dancing for over 16 years, and has studied ballet, tap, jazz, modern, pointe, and hip hop. Before Muhlenberg, Elizabeth assisted and taught dance classes in Maryland. She has performed in a number of shows at Muhlenberg and has also choreographed for some of the student concerts. Elizabeth is excited to start teaching at MCDC this year!